Jim Furyk recovered from a sluggish start with three birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn Saturday in the third round of the BMW Championship in Illinois.
A three-putt bogey from 30 feet on the par-5 18th forced him to settle for a 2-under 69 and a one-shot lead over Steve Stricker.
It was a far different finish from Friday, when Furyk hit a wedge to 3 feet for birdie on his final hole (No. 9) for a 12-under 59, becoming only the sixth player in PGA Tour history to hit golf’s magic number.
No one expected another round like that from him — though Matt Kuchar had a 61 in the morning when conditions were calm — with firm fairways, fast greens and increasing wind. Furyk did enough to give himself another chance to end three years without a victory.
But his work is far from over.
He was at 13-under 200 and will be paired in the final group with longtime friend Stricker, who holed out for eagle from the 15th fairway and had a 64.
Brandt Snedeker, tied with Furyk to start the third round, got up-and-down from behind the 18th green for birdie to get back to even-par 71 for the day and remain in the hunt just two shots behind.
And very much in the picture was Tiger Woods, who was four shots back.
LPGA: With teen amateur Lydia Ko of New Zealand in pursuit, Mika Miyazato of Japan held a one-stroke lead after two rounds at the Evian Championship in France.
Miyazato shot a 2-under 69 and was at 8 under with a round to go in the fifth and last women’s major of the year. The four-round tournament was cut to 54 holes after rain left the greens soggy. The course dried out somewhat but more showers are forecast for Sunday’s final round.
Ko, who is only 16 yet plays with great composure, had four birdies in an error-free 67. Her only problem seemed to be her glasses, which did not cooperate in the damp weather.
Miyazato, whose day started with bogeys on the first two holes, is looking for her first U.S. LPGA title this year. Suzann Pettersen of Norway bogeyed her two holes on the back nine but had four birdies — as did Miyazato — for a 69 to share second with Ko.
PGA EUROPEAN: Joost Luiten mastered wet and windy conditions to shoot a 4-under 66 and take a one-shot lead after the third round of the KLM Open.
Luiten, aiming to become the first home winner of the tournament since Maarten Lafeber won the then-Dutch Open in 2003, chipped in twice during a round that featured six birdies and two bogeys. He has a 10-under total of 200 going into Sunday’s final round.
Overnight leader Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain slipped to second with a 70 at the Kennemer Golf & Country Club.
Blustery winds and heavy rain made conditions tough on the links course on the North Sea coast west of Amsterdam.
WEB.COM: South Korea’s Seung-Yul Noh shot a 1-under 70 to take a three-stroke lead in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, the third of four events in the Web.com Tour Finals series.
Noh had a 10-under 203 total on Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.
Jim Herman and South Africa’s Tyrone Van Aswegen were tied for second. Herman had a 67, and Van Aswegen shot 68. Argentina’s Miguel Angel Carballo was 6 under after a 69.
The bulk of the field is made up of players in the top 75 on the Web.com Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings. The top 25 on the Web.com regular-season money list are assured PGA Tour cards for the 2013-14 season, while the other players are fighting for 25 additional cards through earnings in the finals.